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The Alternation Between Lament And Praise

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This chapter focuses on the alternation between lament and praise. Specifically, it focuses on Psalms 31 and 35 - two psalms which contain an alternation between lament and praise. The chapter tries to show that individual lament psalms do alternate between lament and praise. There can be movements back and forth between the two elements. In Psalm 31 the chapter shows two series of alternations between lament and praise before finally ending in an admonition. In Psalm 35 it shows not just two but three alternations! Indeed, the central feature that brings together these two psalms is the alternation between expressions of hope and despair, confidence and uncertainty. In the analysis of Psalms 31 and 35 the chapter demonstrates that lament psalms can also return to praise after the psalm has already moved to lament. This further proves the dynamic and complex movements between lament and praise.

Keywords: lament; praise; Psalms



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